Summertime can be one of the most difficult times for parents to find activities
to keep their children occupied. This issue arises more frequently for
kids of divorced parents. Splitting time between mom and dad poses logistical
and scheduling issues during the school year, and just because school
is out the problem does not disappear. Most families wait until the summer
to plan family vacations, and divorced parents are no different. With
some careful planning though, summer vacation doesn't have to be stressful.
Some ideas to put into action for
summer vacation include taking care of household obligations and responsibilities while
your kids are with the other parent, allow your kids to keep in contact
with their friends while spending part of their summer with you, and always
have a backup plan. It is also a good idea to coordinate with your ex-spouse,
so that activities are not duplicated, but be careful to avoid the trap
of trying to "outdo" your ex's family vacation plans. The
most important part about parenting time is that you spend the time with
your kids making memories. feel connected to both parents, and foster
a good relationship with the entire family.
Other useful tips for divorced parents include keeping the lines of communication
open, between the adults and the kids. If your child wants to make a good
night call to their other parent while at your house, encourage them to
do so and give them privacy while talking. Divorce is a change for the
entire family, and when your kids see you taking their opinions into account
the transition is much smoother. If you have questions about parenting
through summer break, or need to make changes to your visitation schedule
to accommodate vacation, call our office for help.
For more information about
divorce, call an experienced family law attorney for answers to your questions.
We can be reached online at
http://www.divorcelawyers1.com. Call today to schedule an appointment.